Tuesday, May 15, 2012

three cheese manicotti

recipe & images via Cooking Classy

Another winner! This was scrumptious! I didn't change a thing, but would think fresh herbs might make it even more delicious? This top photo is to show the manicotti...before ALL that yummy sauce is poured over it. Yum!

1 (8 oz) pkg Manicotti noodles
1 (15 oz) container Ricotta Cheese 
1 lb freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese (about 4 cups)
3 oz finely, freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Marinara Sauce, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package and drain. In the meantime prepare Manicotti filling, in a large mixing bowl, using a fork blend together Ricotta cheese, eggs, parsley and pepper. Stir in grated Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and mix until well blended. Divide cheese mixture evenly among the 14 manicotti noodles stuffing each one full. Align noodles in a single layer in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Pour marinara sauce evenly over filled manicotti noodles. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Marinara Sauce:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (28 oz) cans crushed Roma tomatos
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, simmer 20 minutes (do this while preparing the filling and pasta).

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